Westin Gets Wii Workout

6th May 2008 (Last Updated May 6th, 2008 09:54)

Westin Hotels and Resorts has become the first hotel chain to integrate Nintendo's Wii console, as part of its WestinWORKOUT programme. The console allows users to play games such as tennis, bowling and baseball using natural movements, rather than pressing buttons. The games

Westin Hotels and Resorts has become the first hotel chain to integrate Nintendo’s Wii console, as part of its WestinWORKOUT programme.

The console allows users to play games such as tennis, bowling and baseball using natural movements, rather than pressing buttons.

The games system will be trialled in ten hotels across the US.

WestinWORKOUT will see the installation of fitness equipment such as treadmills and dumbbells in guest rooms, so guests can make use of gym facilities in private.

The special Wii system will be updated automatically with new games as they become available.

A simple new game menu makes it easy to jump in and play without inserting game discs, and each property can manage what games are offered and how game data is stored.

Westin will also be among the first hotel brands in the US to receive delivery of Wii Fit, due out next week.

Wii Fit features the Wii Balance Board, which will allow guests to participate in more than 40 yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance activities with a virtual trainer.

The technology will be piloted at the Westin Times Square in New York City and the Westin Bellevue in Washington State.

Westin says additional Wii systems will be rolled out following guest feedback from the initial hotel pilot.

By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh